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n. pl. ca·den·cies


n, pl -cies
1. the line of descent from a younger member of a family
2. another word for cadence


(ˈkeɪd ns)

n., v. -denced, -denc•ing. n.
1. rhythmic flow of sounds or words.
2. the beat, rate, or measure of any rhythmic movement.
3. the flow or rhythm of events.
4. a slight falling in pitch of the voice in speaking.
5. a sequence of musical chords moving toward a harmonic point of rest or closing.
6. to make rhythmical.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Italian cadenza]
ca•den•tial (kəˈdɛn ʃəl) adj.
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Noun1.cadency - a recurrent rhythmical series
rhythmicity - the rhythmic property imparted by the accents and relative durations of notes in a piece of music


The patterned, recurring alternation of contrasting elements, such as stressed and unstressed notes in music:
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According to English heraldic writers', OED continues, `the use of the footless bird as a mark of cadency for younger sons was meant to symbolize their position as having no footing in the ancestral lands.